Joseph and Sarah Wood Ward Alumni & Educational Center of Yankton College

A space of our own

Yankton College alumni can be proud of the legacy of Yankton College that continues to offer academic scholarships and support the liberal arts through sponsored activities despite its closing in 1984. The college is embarking on a new venture: the establishment of the Yankton College Alumni and Educational Center in partnership with the Dakota Territorial Museum at the historic Mead building located north of Yankton. 

Historic Mead Cultural Center – soft opening in 2018

A preliminary agreement has been reached with the Yankton County Historical Society whereby we Yankton College descendants will “occupy” about 3200 sq. ft. of space for an office area, research area, collection storage, gathering places, dedicated spaces honoring outstanding alumni in all areas of the wide curriculum which YC offered over the years and more.  Easily accessible by an elevator, with a private entrance separate from the Museum which occupies the rest of the building, we will have that for which we have longed for decades – a space of our own where we can gather and commune amongst those who have gone before us – faculty, administrators, groundskeepers, actors, philosophers, athletes, musicians, and so many more.  

Our goal is to raise $750,000 with your help in order to assure a permanent home and perpetual care of this historic project.  In fact, we need you in order to succeed.  We earnestly, hopefully and optimistically look to you for help in making the dream of “Yankton College FOREVER” which we all share, come true. 

You’ve told us that this is your desire – keep the face of Yankton College observable – and we’ve found just the place.  The historic Mead building on the Human Services Center Campus just North of Yankton, is of approximately the age and style of our beloved campus buildings – Old Middle aka the Conservatory in particular.

For more information, contact the Yankton College business office toll-free (866) 665-3661